Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services are reconsidering their decision to authorize the closing of a Calais nursing home.Maine Senate President Kevin Raye, who’s been trying to keep the Atlantic Rehabilitation and Nursing Home open, says he met with DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew Tuesday.Raye says a public hearing on the issue will be scheduled in the next 30 days.
Governor LePage announced a new program to recognize cities and towns in Maine that his administration deems business friendly.The “Certified Business Friendly Community Program” was announced at the Blaine House on Tuesday.Communities that apply, and are selected, get formal state recognition including an “Open for Business” sign to be displayed in their city or town.
City Councilors in Rockland voted last night to hire a new City Manager.James Smith of Greenbush is currently the Assistant City Manager of Brewer, where he’s worked for five years.Smith starts his new job in Rockland in April.Brewer plans a national search to find a replacement.
The Maine Municipal Association will run the search for a new Lincoln Town Manager.In a unanimous vote last night, the town council approved nearly $5,000 to hire the agency.Current Town Manager Lisa Goodwin recently accepted the position of Bangor City Clerk and begins that job in April.
A legislative committee has sent to the full Legislature a bill that would overhaul the agency that regulated development in Maine’s 10 million-acre Unorganized Territory.The vote by the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee comes after nearly a year of deliberation, study and negotiation that was triggered by a bill to abolish the Land Use Regulation Commission.
The trial for a Rockland man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend should begin in July.36-year old Arnold Diana pleaded not guilty last year to the murder of 47-year old Katrina Windred of Friendship.Diana is accused of strangling Windred in 2010.
Maine state authorities investigating the death of a Canadian man who died en route to the hospital after a skiing accident at Sugarloaf resort in January have cleared two responders.Maine Emergency Medical Services, a division of the state Department of Public Safety, launched an investigation into the Jan.12 death of 41-year-old David Morse of Harmony, Nova Scotia after his wife complained about the care he got in an ambulance on the way to Franklin Memorial Hospital.Agency Director Jay Bradshaw tells the Morning Sentinel that complaints were dismissed against two NorthStar ambulance employees because they arrived at the scene at the end of the call and did not participate in patient care.
Athletic shoe maker New Balance says it plans to hire 40 more workers at its Norridgewock facility by the end of the month.A company representative said Monday that the Boston-based company could add even more jobs if its plant converts to all natural gas, which could save up to 60 percent in energy costs.John Campbell, director of corporate services at New Balance, spoke in favor of the tax break for a natural gas pipeline developer.He said natural gas could help New Balance stay competitive by combining its oil, propane, and electricity systems, saving 50 to 60 percent on its energy costs.The Morning Sentinel says the decision could mean hundreds of new jobs for the region.
Senator Olympia Snowe has something quite valuable that she’s willing to share with fellow Republicans seeking her empty seat: Her email list for voters.Attorney General William Schneider, who’s exploring a Senate bid, asked to rent the Snowe campaign’s email list and reached terms of $150 per thousand names for one-time use.Justin Brasell, Snowe’s campaign manager, says Snowe is interested in “helping good candidates get the necessary signatures to get on the ballot.” So far, Snowe has sent one email on behalf of Schneider, and another campaign has requested that she do the same thing.Candidates must collect 2,000 by March 15 to quality for the June primary.Snowe has said she might endorse a candidate but Brasell says there are no discussions at the moment.
Following the withdraw of troops from Iraq, not as many military flights are headed to Bangor International Airport.Assistant Airport Director Tony Caruso talked with Bangor’s City Council Airport Committee Monday night.Caruso says over 900 planes carrying military members touched down at BIA in 2009.He expects only 650 to land in Bangor this year.With military traffic at BIA on the decline, many have wondered where that leaves the Troop Greeters, but Caruso says it’s simple…
Too many dogs and too few kennels is a common problem for the Bangor Humane Society.Right now, there’s a two week wait there for pet owners trying to surrender their dogs.A Humane Society spokesperson says the community demand has been higher than usual recently.People want to give up their dogs because it costs too much to keep them.”We have a lot of dogs that have a lot of injuries or illnesses that we can treat, but it is a huge expense.